Cuttings from historic Inglenook in Napa as well as French-trademarked ENTAV-INRA 348 and ENTA-INRA 181 clones seem well-suited for Washington’s remarkable Red Mountain, and Richard Holmes’ winemaking offers a Merlot with a sense of hedonism. Heady aromas of black cherry with exotic notes of vanilla extract, cardamom and anise. Black cherry and black currant jam flavors make for a bold entry that’s framed by sandy tannins, backed by black licorice and a pinch of white pepper. The family ships to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota and Washington D.C.
Production: 343 cases